Seeking reassurance for his waning belief, Seward resolved to visit the seven European
shrines where the Virgin had materialised during the twentieth century, beginning
with Medjugorje. He hated it on sight but, next morning, was overwhelmed by a powerful
sense of peace.
His journeys – and this extraordinary, spiritual travel book – end at the shrine
of Fatima in Portugal, scene of the earliest manifestation, where that the ‘third
secret’ was given to three peasant children in 1917.
‘What a good book this makes. It is honest, well informed and beautifully written.’
‘A travelogue-cum-autobiography which is both tender and honest. Whether you believe
him is irrelevant to the pleasure his book will give.’
‘Seward’s style is an attractive mixture of reportage and travel writing. If he convinces,
it is by the velvet elegance of his prose and by his evident sincerity.’